I want to personally thank each of you for an unforgettable evening at our 2017 Thanks-for-Giving Night at Verona Villa! We celebrated the growth of our organization from 50 to over 400 members, a staggering 700% increase!
We also honored our 2017 Volunteer of the Year, Ken Looney, and our 2017 Corporate Partner of the Year, AT&T, represented by Ty Bledsoe of External Affairs. Our success this year is largely due to these dedicated partners of Frisco Arts, as well as many others. I thank you for contributing to the progress of the arts in 2017!
As I looked around the room at our event and witnessed the energy of our diverse membership, I was reminded of a law of science that states, “Energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transferred.” That law is true of the arts movement in Frisco. This creative revolution in our city cannot be created or destroyed, because it is not based on one person. The arts has a life of its own, and its energy is a constant. Frisco Arts has become the focused channel for that energy to transfer from multiple sources, taking shape as thecollective voice of the arts community. There is strength in numbers, so let’s invite others to join as arts advocates with us! I shared a crazy goal of 10,000 members willing to stand with the arts in Frisco- why not?
There were also several special announcements made at our event regarding the performing arts center! Mayor Cheney shared that the City will kick off the 1st phase of a feasibility study for a performing arts center. This initial phase is $30K, and the total remaining costs for a complete study are $170K.
I was pleased to announce Craig Hall’s generous donation of land for a performing arts center at HALL Park and his partnership with Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford for the project! Randy spoke on the importance of the arts to our city, as well as his own passion for the arts, encouraging everyone to get involved. As arts advocates, Frisco Arts will help raise the additional funds ($170K) necessary to complete the full study. More details to come on how you can show your support!
Last but not least, I wanted to say a special thank-you to all our sponsors and community partners for making this event possible. We truly could not have done it without you!
Musicians: Karla Nivens Entertainment, Children’s Chorus of Collin County
All our fabulous volunteers at the registration table!
A thriving arts community takes both engaged patrons and creatives, and we thank you for being an important part of the change in Frisco. I look forward to working with you to help Frisco become a destination for the arts!
The 1st Puppy Paint for your budding “Paw-casso” is TODAY, 3pm at The Paw Depot in Frisco Square with Frisco Arts!
We’re creating Frisco’s first Canine Canvas to be on display at the store, with limited prints for sale afterwards. We’ll use special Puppy Paint that is safe, washable, and made specifically for our furry friends, and a washing station after they make their mark! Stop by for some coffee, treats, and fun with art!
Giulio Ferrari, owner of The Paw Depot, shares why he loves the arts and has partnered with Frisco Arts:
“Aspergers can be very isolating. I lived my whole life (until recently) deep in clinical depression. Listening, looking, tasting, contemplating [etc] and creating art kept a light on in the darkest days. Today, I’m living depression free, and art has turned from a beacon of light in the darkest nights to a safe haven that sustains my quality of life. I look forward to leaving a legacy to my kids, a meaningful one, and I can’t see a better way than to be a part of building the artistic legacy of a city.”
Thanks Giulio for sharing your arts story with us!
If you have a story to tell about the impact of the arts, contact Executive Director Tammy Meinershagen at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear it!
HOLIDAY MUSIC AND ART
Get into the holiday spirit with Frisco Arts! Join us Thursday, Dec. 14th at Frisco Fine Art Gallery for Holiday Music and Art, benefiting Frisco’s Got Talent and Frisco Arts Scholarships!
We’ll have performances by the top 2 winners of the 2017 Frisco’s Got Talent competition Sathvika Ganesan and Jake Hoang (with Chloe Freeman), Charlie Brown Christmas music by Frisco Arts ED Tammy Meinershagen, and a special performance by recording artist Crystal Cameron; we’ll even close the night with a holiday sing-a-long!
Enjoy hot chocolate, sips and desserts while supporting the arts! $10 donation per person at the door; no membership required. Valet parking available.
Theatre Frisco presents “Every Christmas Story Ever Told, and Then Some!” Instead of performing Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told – plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung. Great fun for the holiday season!
Indie Meme presents “Newton”, a comedy about a clerk who is placed on election duty in a conflict-ridden area of Chhattisgarh. He tries his best to conduct free and fair voting despite the apathy of security forces and the looming fear of an attack by Maoist rebels. This film is Indai’s entry to the Foreign Language Category at the Oscars 2018. Directed by Amit Masurkar.
Come experience The Frisco Ballet‘s performance of The Nutcracker this holiday season. Ring in the holidays with The Nutcracker Ballet on Saturday, December 9 th at Reedy High School in Frisco. Performance times: 3:00 & 6:00 pm. Ticket prices start at: $16 per person; purchase at Sheena’s Dance Academy or online at www.thefriscoballet.org/nutcracker .
The Frisco Chorale presents Positively Christmas Concert directed by Kendall Carter with Special Guests From the Chancel Choir of Grace Avenue UMC – Laurie Hanson Roberts, Director. Don’t miss this perfect opportunity to hear your favorite holiday tunes!
Collin County Ballet Theatre presents “Sugar Plum Fairy Tea” at the Westin Stonebriar Resort Hotel in Frisco, Texas! You’ll enjoy d electable desserts, a Nutcracker parade, story time and performance excerpts from The Nutcracker
Collin County Ballet Theatre Youth Ensemble dancers!
Frisco PTA Reflections presents the advancing entries of the PTA Reflections program! Come enjoy light refreshments while viewing the beautiful interpretations by Frisco ISD students of the theme “Within Reach.”
Astraios presents the New Houston Harp Ensemble in a holiday spectacular! Join harpists Emily Mitchell, Susanna Campbell, Danielle Harmon, and Kimberly DeRosa for music from The Nutcracker as well as carol arrangements by Dallas jazz harpist Cindy Horstman. The concert begins at 7:30, but be sure to join us for light appetizers at 7pm. Stay for carols and dessert! Tickets available online at www.astraiosmusic.org or 469-521-9577.
Collin County Ballet Theatre, under the direction of Kirt and Linda Hathaway, is proud to present “The Nutcracker”, Frisco’s premier holiday performance event. Featuring National Guest Artists, Collin County Ballet Theatre Youth Ensemble and students of the Hathaway Academy of Ballet.
” For me, art is just an extension of our language. . . a true form of communication that allows a certain part of our brain to speak in a way that it couldn’t through regular speech. I’m not exaggerating when I say art kept me sane, perhaps alive!”
~ Giulio Ferrari, Owner of The Paw Depot in Frisco
ABOUT FRISCO ARTS
Frisco Arts is a Catalyst of Creativity! Join us today!
Frisco Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 1996 by community and business leaders who believed that the arts are vital to creating a sustainable city.
The mission of Frisco Arts is to advance the arts in Frisco through arts advocacy, accessible programming, city grants, and private scholarships,
supporting the economic growth and cultural identity of the City of Frisco.
Your donation is tax-deductible and goes towards fulfilling our mission. We couldn’t do it without you!